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Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem faculty member Tim Seibles, friend Safiya Sinclair and fellow Jacqueline Allen Trimble. Heralded by Martin Espada as "a poet of extraordinary sensitivity," Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently One Turn Around the Sun (Etruscan Press, 2017). Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which Publisher's Weekly calls a “stunning debut collection.” Jacqueline Allen Trimble's debut collection American Happiness was published by NewSouth Books in 2016...Find out more »
Self-care, Vulnerability and Resilience: Disarming Intersectional Microaggressions with Nicole L. Jackson, Ph.D.
Thirty years ago, Audre Lorde described the act of self-care as a fundamental tool to combat oppressive forces, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Today, her words echo with a timely refrain in a U.S. political landscape fraught with the promotion of myopic agendas and the devaluation of anyone not White, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, and male. This workshop will focus on the factors that buffer against and dismantle the…Find out more »
Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Marcus Jackson is the author of Neighborhood Register (CavanKerry Press, 2011) and most recently, Pardon My Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018), of which Peter Covino feted as "a lyrically complex, beautifully integrated collection." Amanda Johnston's debut Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017) holds poems that possess "A beautifully crafted, fierce and compelling voice" as said by Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte. Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost ...Find out more »
In this lecture, Robin Coste Lewis will read her lyrical essay, “Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual,” which explores how research and literary efforts toward social change can transform from scholarly engagement to acts of communal devotion. More particularly, the reading will focus on how excavations of race, gender, and desire—and the writing those findings engender—can be metaphorical expressions of faith, and a reclamation of lost deities. The cost to attend this lecture is $10. To register, please…Find out more »
The valiant practice of poetic erasure has enjoyed more accolades in recent years, but the genre isn't new, nor is it specific to poetry. In fact, erasure can be seen everywhere, in every genre and artistic medium—not just poetry—and certainly not only in the literary arts. In every way—historically, politically, aesthetically—we are constantly erasing and being erased. Entire nations and histories, even categories of identity, come and go in both fluid and violent ways. Indeed, one could argue the entire…Find out more »
Enjoy a lively night of poetry with Cave Canem fellows Sean Des Vignes, Joel Dias-Porter and Omotara James as they share work in celebration of the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.Find out more »
Enjoy a night of poetry with the participants in Anastacia-Reneé's workshop “Time Keeping and Time Travel” as they share new poems that bend, restructure and reimagine “form." Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served. Cave Canem's third-floor loft space at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York is mobility-accessible with an elevator at the main entrance to the building. When planning to attend an event at our Brooklyn headquarters, please call 718.858.0000 to let us know that…Find out more »
Join participants in LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs' workshop “Procedures, Discomforts and Retellings” as they share new work honed in fall sessions that explore what inspires them to write. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.Find out more »
Hear 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall read from his debut Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) of which the final prize judge Vievee Francis says, "Ultimately, these poems renounce. Randall’s work speaks to his refusal to abide by the expected boundaries and binaries set out for him." Vievee Francis, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, honorable mention for
Stepmotherland, and Shayla Lawson, honorable mention for Ti Ador(n)o, kick off the evening with introductory readings.
Join us for an evening of exceptional poetry with Cave Canem fellows Hafizah Geter, Cynthia Manick and Nicholas Nichols, who read as part of a celebration of Brooklyn-based artists and the Brooklyn Museum's new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum's First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public. Born in Zaria, Nigeria,…Find out more »